Before I ramble on why you should prefer wireless home security systems over “wired” ones, let me humor you with a couple of hilarious yet thought provoking quotes I stumbled upon about safety:
“Work safe today–heaven can wait.”
“Safety doesn’t happen by accident”
“Safety isn’t expensive it’s priceless.”
“Better a thousand times careful than once dead.”
“Your first mistake could be your last.”
Safety – there is no other aspect of human life that seems so fragile than our safety. That is probably why you’re here reading this – because you have realized this inescapable fact as well. When shopping for home security systems, there are simply two options to choose from: wired systems and wireless systems. In this article, well discuss the 5 reasons why you should choose wireless security systems over its counterpart.
- Simplicity Is The Ultimate Sophistication – No Lines To Cut!
The number one reason why you should go wireless is because it’s wireless! You don’t have to call electronic technicians to set up your security system (and that’ll probably save you anywhere from $50-300 on installation fees). Get rid of the clutter! No need to drill holes in your wall or have cables lining your window. All you need are probably some of the basic tools, some Velcro or adhesive tape and you’re good to go. You can set everything up in less than an hour.
Another advantage of wireless systems is that it puts burglars in a pickle. With wired systems, all they have to do is cut a line, or disrupt power and your whole system goes down along with your safety.
- More Range
Some of the best wireless system sensors can cover twice as much as a wired system can. You can especially take advantage of this feature if you have separated structures like a garage or a workhouse. Or if you live in larger property, you can link these systems to provide a tighter security monitoring.
- Features Cellular Monitoring
When we say wireless, how does it actually work? Does is rely on an internet connection? Well no, if it did, all a burglar would have to do is cut the power or connection to disable the system. So that wouldn’t be smart.
Wireless home security systems communicate over radio waves not wires. Non-wireless systems usually use phone lines to send alerts to the monitoring station from which you purchased the system. The monitoring station then gives the alert to the police or fire station, whichever is appropriate, to send over assistance if there is an emergency. The flaw here is that disabling the system is as easy as cutting a wire. With wireless systems, there is nothing to cut. The system sends a signal through secure cellular networks to monitoring stations. It is self-sufficient – which is great for households who no longer use landlines because you don’t need to have one installed just for your security system.
- Remote Controllable Via Remote, Mobile or PC
As technology advances, people get lazier. It may not be good for society; nevertheless, it is the status quo. If you go wireless, you can control your system via your mobile or pc. If you’re on a rush and forgot to turn off your security system, you wouldn’t have to go back just to do so. You can enable it via your phone.
- Easy Upgrades
Another great feature of a wireless system is that it’s easy to upgrade. You don’t have to detach sensors from their wires just to get some parts upgraded. You can easily do so at home. Troubleshooting is also less costly because you can call technical service to guide you through the process. You don’t have to have a technician visit your house.
Conclusion: We should never gamble our safety because our very lives could be the payment. I mean no disrespect to Eleanor Everet who said, “For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind”, it is true that there will always be a risk. But by lessening the risk, we are proactively doing something to make us feel safer. And that is priceless.
Author Bio: Lara Chamley is head of security at one of Melbourne’s luxury apartment villages. She conducts a yearly talk on home security and has recently started a business training women self-defense.